The Giants went into week 3 with a 0-2 record desperately needing a win with a record of 0-2. The Redskins went into week 3’s divisional battle with the Eagles with a 1-1 record and a change at starting quarterback. The Giants had been awful in the first two weeks. The defense could not stop the run and the newly revamped secondary was even worse against the pass. The offense is new to the team and it showed in the first two games with constant miscommunication and several dropped passes. The Redskins have been dealing with injuries to starting quarterback Robert Griffin III for several years now and the injury he suffered in week two is expected to keep him out for over 2 months.
Washington turned to Kirk Cousins who was drafted in the fourth round in the same draft that Griffin was the 2nd overall pick in. He played well in relief of Griffin in week 2 and week 3 was his first chance as a starter this season and he did not disappoint. He was able to spread the ball all over the field for a total of 427 passing yards and 3 passing touchdowns. He seems poised at all times and it appears he may be a better fir in new coach Jay Gruden’s pass happy system that calls for a traditional pocket passer like Cousins as opposed to a running quarterback like Griffin. Wide receiver Desean Jackson played against his former Eagle team for the first time and was able to haul in one of Cousins touchdown passes for 83 yards, The offense has a young quarterback but the defense is a great mix of veterans and young players and has been performing at an elite level so far this season. The have the leagues 4th overall defense, holding opponents to 218 passing yards a game and a meager 65 rushing yards a game.
Cousins got a start against the Giants last season and they were very successful in holding him to 169 passing yards on 19-49 passing with no touchdowns and 2 interceptions. The Giants have many new pieces on defense so it will be interesting to see if they are able to repeat some of that success. The offense looked dramatically better against a previously undefeated Texan team in week 3. Eli Manning completed almost 80% of his passes. Wide receiver Victor Cruz had his first big game of the season with over 100 yards receiving including a touchdown catch. The Giants have always been a run first team and new running back Rashard Jennings showed that he is more than capable of being the workhorse tailback that they need. Jennings dominant running and Eli’s flawless execution of the teams new “West Coast” offense could be a sign of things looking up for the Giants.
This is a big division game for both teams as there is a big difference between starting the season 2-2 as compared to 1-3
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